CALIFORNIA -- Fire officials are turning to military technology for help in fighting the Rim Fire.
The military often uses them to hunt down terrorists in the Middle East, but Cal Fire is counting on a drone from the National Guard to monitor the Rim Fire, said Spokesman Daniel Berlant.
"This allows are incident commanders an eye in the sky of exactly what's going on," Berlant said.
It gives the firefighters on the ground information about containing the fire including the fire's location, wind, speed, and terrain, Berlant said.
Berlant says the drones can flying higher than conventional aircraft and therefore stay above the fire and out of the way for long periods of time and, unlike helicopters, it doesn't need to be refueled every two hours.